Monday, 7 May 2012

Bare Minerals Original Foundation Review

Hi Everyone! Long time no see I know, the last few weeks of uni were a beast but I have now finished my first year! I cannot believe it, seems like only yesterday my Mum and Dad dropped me off and I was sat by myself in my cell-like room which the University passes off for accommodation. Anyway, now I have bags of time to give my blog some TLC.

As a result of having all this spare time on my hands I've been making some rather lovely purchases. If enabling people to buy clothes and makeup was an olympic sport this year, my two best friends would get  gold medals. But I love them for it, as it fuels my addiction for pretty things, and pretty things make me happy.

One of my more recent purchases has been the Bare Minerals Original Mineral Powder, so I thought I'd give it a nice review. I was originally after the Laura Mercier one but I realised there isn't a counter near where I live and I didn't want to gamble on the colour match by buying it online. So I looked into the Bare Minerals one. After trying it out and my friends perfecting their enabling skills, I caved. And I am SO glad I did. My recent craze has been a love for all things natural, meaning both make up looks and the ingredients. I'm planning to do a massive LUSH review soon so keep your eyes peeled for that :)

However back to this Bare Minerals foundation. When I first approached the counter I was very sceptical about how much coverage this was going to give me. I like a medium to full coverage finish and I didn't think this foundation would give it to me due to its powder consistency. But I was wrong, this foundation gives a beautiful finish which is natural and glowy. I have sensitive skin which is prone to dry patches and a lot of foundations can make my skin look crusty, but I haven't had any problems. Its great for summer make up because it feels very light on the skin.

The foundation in the shade 'Fairly Light'

Real Techniques Blusher Brush- My chosen brush when applying this product.

I believe that this foundation only has 5 ingredients, which is great for your skin. It claims to improve the appearance of  your skin. I've only been using this for a week so I can't comment on its ability to do this just yet, however in a months time I will do an update and see if it fulfils its claims.

The packaging is quite sweet as you can see above, it comes in a small, round pot, with a 'sieve like' seal on it. You twist it and shake some product out into the lid. You can use any face brush to apply this product, my favourite the the Real Techniques blusher brush, (I know its for blush but it works wonders for this foundation).

How to Apply:

  • Unscrew the lid off the pot, turn upside down and set to one side. 
  • Twist the edges of the pot so the four holes are uncovered.
  • Turn the pot upside down and shake firmly into the lid, a little mound of product will collect in the bottom.
  • Take your chosen brush and dip it into the product and swirl it round the lid a bit, be sure to tap off the excess to avoid a cakey look. 
  • Start buffing the product into your skin in circular motions. Start in the area where you like the most coverage, for me that's my nose and cheeks. 
  • Slowly buff it out towards your jawline and bring down onto the neck.
  • Once you've achieved the coverage you want, continue to buff the brush all over your face. The more you buff this in, the prettier and more flawless the finish will be. 
  • You can leave the look plain for a more natural glow, or finish the look with a dusting of bronzer or blush.

The finished look. Please excuse the paleness of my skin!

Overall I'd give this product an 8 out of 10. There are a few negatives I have for this product. Firstly, only shake out a little bit of product into the lid. If you shake out too much its wasted. Secondly, use sparingly. The key to the look isn't how much product you put on, its how you work it into your skin. However, if you do like a very full coverage finish, by all means use more, but if you like a more dewy natural glow, don't apply loads. If you do put too much on it will look a bit cakey. It is a high end product so it carries a high end price tag. This product retails for £24. It is pricey, but it is a very nice product if you're looking a investing in something nice for the summer. Pair it with a nice pretty lipstick and lashings of mascara for a lovely summery make up.

I hope you like this review, like I said I will do an update in about a months time to see if it fulfils the claim of improving the appearance of your skin.

If you've have any experience with this product or any other mineral powders, please let me know in the comments below!

Hope you're having the most wonderful bank holiday!

Lots of Love, Georgie xxx